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“… kind of diurnal species that spends its …”

meanings of diurnal


  1. Having a daily cycle that is completed every 24 hours, usually referring to tasks, processes, tides, or sunrise to sunset; circadian.
  2. Happening or occurring during daylight, or primarily active during that time.
  3. Done once every day; daily, quotidian.
  4. Said of a flower open, or releasing its perfume during daylight hours, but not at night.
  5. Published daily.


  1. A diary or journal.
  2. A daily news publication.
  3. A book containing canonical offices performed during the day, hence not matins.
  4. A flower that opens only in the day.